This was my first book by Charlotte Hubbard, and a great beginning to this series. Mercy's name fits her perfectly as she has such a compassionate heart and unconditional love for those who have become a part of her patchwork family. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
In 1866 Kansas, Meredith "Mercy" Monroe and her spouse Jake own one of the Holloday Stagecoach line rest stops. The couple works hard to insure the travelers receive the best possible attention whether it is her renowned cooking or his handling of horses and the coaches. Though the work is hard, both Monroes feel they live a good fulfilled life much more than the affluence they left behind in Philadelphia. Perhaps their only regret is a lack of offspring.
That changes when driver Michael Malloy brings two abandoned children to the ranch stop. He asks the Monroes to take the kids in as he knows they have with their help Nathanial and Asa. Though they have doubts, the pair follows the Lord's way and they make a home for Billy and Christine Bristol. Though facing many hardships and tragedy, Mercy through her inner strength and her faith remains the center of her extended family.
A PATCHWORK FAMILY is an inspirational Reconstruction Era novel. The story line enables the audience to obtain a deep look at life on the Great Plains in the late 1860s through a strong fully developed ensemble with Mercy as the hub. Mindful of Little House on the Prairie, Charlotte Hubbard writes a delightfully deep and rich mid nineteenth century inspirational Americana tale.
Out on the Kansas plains the years bring hardship and heartache-Indian attacks,a runaway daughter,an abandoned baby in a basket-but also precious new life and the unlooked for joy of a surprise love.Through it all,Mercy's faith holds her family together,creating a patchwork of strength and beauty.I really loved this book.It had the best story of any I have read in a long time.
When two orphaned children apprear at Mercy Monroe's doorstep, she only hesitates for a moment before open her heart and home to them. She and her husband, Judd, had no children of their own so maybe it was God's way of sending them the babies they had prayed for. Life on the plains is a hard one with backbreaking work farming, Indian attacks, unexpected sorrows and yet unexpected joys, too. Patchwork Family is poignant and yet uplifting.
Back Cover: Meet Mercy Malloy. Whether she's cooking up the best grub to be had all along the Holladay stagecoach line, working her husband's horse farm or helping her neighbors, God's love fills her life.
SHE OPENS HER HAND TO THE POOR, AND REACHES OUT HER HANDS TO THE NEEDY...
So when two abandoned children appear on her doorstep, she hesitates only a moment before opening her heart and her home to them. Prehaps this the Lord's way of seding her and Judd the babies they've prayed for.